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    Default Re: New, excited to learn about henna and growing long healthy hair

    Quote Originally Posted by FrayedFire View Post
    If you want to know more about henna, I suggest Nightblooming. She's on etsy and on here quite a bit so you'll probably see her posts in the henna forum.
    Thank you ! I will definitely check her out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akurah View Post
    My hair is a darker than medium brown, but just shy of dark brown, depending on PoV.

    Natural color pictures:

    Hair on henna:


    I get very concerned when I see newbies go on about henna by the by. Henna is permanent. On par with getting a tattoo permanent. You're cutting your hair to get it out permanent. Which kind of completely negates the strengthening benefits if you dislike the color at all and want to go back. It took me years to grow the henna out and it was miserable. The first natural color pic is the pic that i took after cutting out most of the last. The discoloration at the bottom is still leftovers (I went cherry cola after the example pictures above).

    As for why I stopped henna after doing it for years and years and years, and having been a redhead (from either dye or henna) much of my life? Because my hair is ashy. Henna is orange. My regrowth looked grey. The upkeep sucked bad due to the greyness.
    Ooo I have to say I actually love the firey red tones in your henna! But I also appreciate your realness in terms of emphasizing the permanent nature of the dye. And the root touch up/regrowth part definitely sounds real. Especially since one likely has to do this every 3 weeks or so and it's rather a long process.

    Did you do multiple full head applications or just keep retouching the roots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelomit View Post
    Howdy! My family is North African, so I have a kind of different perspective on henna than most folks on here--I was introduced to hennaing hair as a kid simply because it is a cultural practice for us, done for holidays, etc. I would be happy to share about my family's henna traditions if that's of interest to you. I'm not the best person to advise about "aiming" for a specific color, but the one thing that I can offer is that you definitely need to strand-test first if you want such and such a color. I have almost exactly the same natural hair color as one of my aunts (dark brown, rather darker than akura's above). For her, a straight henna treatment is fiery red, just like you want. For me, it's sort of "mahogany"--a touch darker than my natural hair color, with red highlights in the sun. Personally, I don't much care about the specific color but find that the strengthening/faux-protein aspect is very helpful for my hair type. *shrug*
    I love the strengthening factor as I do tend to get split ends. Would love to hear about your family's henna traditions...sounds intriguing! And would love to see some before/after pics of your natural colour and then with henna. Curious about this mahogany you mention!

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    Quote Originally Posted by repunzelwannabe View Post
    Following this! I've never done henna either so please post your fabulous results please? I also just read a book about it at the library called Natural hair coloring : how to use henna and other pure herbal pigments for chemical-free beauty by Christine Shahin. She recommends using other natural colorants besides henna like indigo, alma and cassia to get to the shade you like. I haven't been brave enough to try it yet, and honestly I've worked so hard to grow my hair out that personally I think I'll try to find a professional to help me dial in the ratios of the powders, application and related sorcery for at least the first time.
    I will 100% post results once I've done some more research and am brave enough to take the plunge! I have read a little about other colourants...from my understanding indigo makes it black, cassia is clear and I'm unsure about alma? Curious to hear more from those who know!

    If you can find a professional I think that would be awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SatrianiRules View Post
    I'm a newbie too! I'm also interested in henna. However, apart from the fact it probably wouldn't show up (my hair is also dark brown), if it did I don't think it would suit me at all. I'm currently growing out blue/green on the ends and everyone thought it suited me really well. I guess I'm just not a warm coloured sort of person. Shame there isn't a henna of cold colours lol
    Omigosh how cool would blue henna be lol

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    Default Re: New, excited to learn about henna and growing long healthy hair

    Hi! I'd like to add that if you use only henna and you know you will stay in reddish tones even if you didn't want to use henna anymore then you're fine. I dyed my red henna hair before and had no issue. However, if you are on the fence and sense that maybe in time you might want to go for another color, more ashy or neutral, that might be a problem. I have no idea if henna can be bleached but I think bleach is always the last resort.

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    Default Re: New, excited to learn about henna and growing long healthy hair

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnieszka108 View Post
    Ooo I have to say I actually love the firey red tones in your henna! But I also appreciate your realness in terms of emphasizing the permanent nature of the dye. And the root touch up/regrowth part definitely sounds real. Especially since one likely has to do this every 3 weeks or so and it's rather a long process.

    Did you do multiple full head applications or just keep retouching the roots?
    I did multiple full head applications most of the time because I was going for deep cherry cola red and this is even after I hit my goal shade on my length. And as a general FYI, full head application on anything longer than about APL is hell on your neck.

    This is a picture of my hair in the height of my henna days. Link instead of inline because I don't want to go on my pc to fix the resolution. Also be advised this is the only one I have, I have no idea where the other ones went. https://imgur.com/n4cFS8n
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